That's better

I spoke to Christopher's guidance counselor for 10th grade today.  My God what a difference.  I explained to him my concerns and some of the things that happened this year.  I hear him say "Oh my God" A LOT.  As in he was in disbelief at the lack of attention to our concerns.  He is more than happy to meet with us to brainstorm ideas for next year.  And agreed we need to meet with Christopher's teachers in the fall.  He even asked me what preferred order of classes I'd like for Christopher so his afternoon (where he struggles the most) might be easier for him.  So we put Science, Social Studies, and Math in the morning instead of after lunch.

Holy cow what a difference!  I'm a fairly intuitive person when it comes to judging others.  I've learned to trust my gut on first impressions.  And this counselor made a very good first impression on me.  Mind you, I'm still taking a wait and see approach.  Actions speak louder than words but so far I'm hearing the right things.  We're going to meet with the new counselor next week (with Christopher there) to come up with a plan TOGETHER.  which is how it should have been this year.  I don't plan on dwelling on everything from this year except as a lessons learned experience, which is what I told the new counselor.  I'm cautiously optimistic that we can put together something that works to help Christopher be successful the rest of his high school career.  He'll have this counselor until graduation so if things work out in the beginning of the next school year, I'm confident we can get Christopher to where he needs to be by graduation.


Kate said…
Did you hear that? That was my sigh of relief from the other Rochester. I am so glad that it was a totally different experience and I think you will find it will make all the difference. In my experience, other teachers and staff know which teachers and others are good and which are lazy. It sounds like this guy knows what he's talking about--the schedule things is so important and will be critical for Christopher.

You are (of course) right about not dwelling on the past, even though it was totally messed up, there's no way to change it now so you can just make sure it's way better for 11th and 12th grade!
Jude said…
Awesome news Rocker Guy! I hope this guy turns out to be everything he seems to be. Sounds promising!
sydwynd said…
Kate: It's nice to see some teachers that make an effort. Now I need to teach the kid accountability and responsibility. That's going to be a challenge as well.

Jude: I'm cautiously optimistic. We'll see what happens after next week's meeting.
Jammie J. said…
Yay! It's a road that goes both ways. She can sweep her side of the road (heard that in a movie last night), now Christopher needs to sweep his! :)

At least you have someone who is on the student's side (or seems to be). That helps.
sydwynd said…
Jammie: Good analogy! That's been our other big struggle, getting Christopher to do his part. However, Ellen check out a great book on ADHD kids and its been eye opening. I'm going to read when she's done. May need to get the kid to read it too.

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